Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


Andaman Treepie (Dendrocitta bayleii)


French: Témia des Andaman German: Andamanenbaumelster Spanish: Urraca de las Andamán

Dendrocitta bazlei

[sic] Tytler

, 1863,

Andaman Islands


Original description first used name “bazlei” but publisher’s corrigendum explicitly corrected this to “bayleii”; as all falls within same volume of same journal, the emendation stands#R. Species name sometimes erroneously given as bazlei, bayleyi, baileyi or baileii. Monotypic.


Andaman Is.

Descriptive notes

32 cm; 92–113 g. Unmistakable small treepie, the smallest of genus, with large white wing patch and pale eyes; long, strongly graduated tail, central pair of feathers... read more


Poorly documented. Said to have repeated harsh alarm note, and metallic sound likened to "a coarse... read more


Dense, humid evergreen forests, where it favours the largest trees.

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably omnivorous. Typically encountered in small parties, with as many as 12–20 in loose company... read more


Eggs recorded Mar–May. Solitary breeder. Nest a rather flimsy structure of fine twigs and grasses, smaller and neater, more compact,... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Andaman Islands EBA. Not uncommon in suitable forest habitat. Transect surveys undertaken in 1993 and 1994 located 36... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Andaman Treepie (Dendrocitta bayleii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 February 2020).